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Category: mars rovers

NASA’s ‘Other’ Mars Rover Sends Back a Selfie to Remind Us It Still Exists

NASA’s ‘Other’ Mars Rover Sends Back a Selfie to Remind Us It Still Exists

Curiosity took this selfie, with Mont Mercou in the background, on March 26, 2021. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS The newly landed Perseverance rover is understandably stealing much of the limelight these days, which means Curiosity—after 10 years of faithful service—is suddenly having to play second fiddle. Curiosity’s latest selfie reminds us that the six-wheeled probe is very …

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Listen to Lasers Zapping Rocks on Mars in Perseverance’s Latest Dispatch

Listen to Lasers Zapping Rocks on Mars in Perseverance’s Latest Dispatch

Mosaic view of a Martian rock dubbed “Yeehgo,” captured by the SuperCam instrument on the Perseverance rover. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/CNRS/ASU/MSSS Unprecedented audio recordings taken by NASA’s Perseverance rover are transporting us to the surface of the Red Planet, allowing us to hear the sound of a gentle alien breeze, and the click-clicking of lasers zapping a …

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Mars Rover Landing Site Named After Sci-Fi Legend Octavia Butler

Mars Rover Landing Site Named After Sci-Fi Legend Octavia Butler

The Perseverance landing site on Mars is now named Octavia E. Butler Landing. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona That magical spot in Jezero crater where NASA’s Perseverance rover made its historic landing last month has been named “Octavia E. Butler Landing” in honor of the late sci-fi author. “I can think of no better person to …

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Satellite Spots NASA’s New Rover—and Its Garbage—From Mars Orbit

Satellite Spots NASA’s New Rover—and Its Garbage—From Mars Orbit

ExoMars image showing the Perseverance landing site on Mars. Image: ESA/Roscosmos/CaSSIS; acknowledgement P. Grindrod The Perseverance rover, along with several components used during the recent landing, have been imaged from space. The image, captured by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, reveals the location of the parachute and back shell, the descent stage, the heat shield, …

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NASA Is Dropping a New Rover on Mars. Here’s What Could Go Wrong

NASA Is Dropping a New Rover on Mars. Here’s What Could Go Wrong

Depiction of the Perseverance landing, with the rover still attached to backshell and retro-rockets engaged for powered descent. Illustration: NASA/JPL-Caltech Failure could take on many forms next week when NASA’s next-gen rover, Perseverance, reaches the surface of the Red Planet. Here’s what needs to go right—and how things could quickly go sideways—when Perseverance tries to …

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